K VOL,. LVI-NO. 17,515. PORTLAND, OREGON, WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 10, 1917. PRICE FIVE CENTS. H.K. RUSSIAN PREMIER LAYS DOWN OFFICE L IS DEFIANT, MOTHER SHOT BY SON CLEANING GUN UMATILLA WOMEN GOVERNOR GIVES SENATE AT BIENNIAL MESSAGE FOR KIDNAPING BOY MAY END TAKE REINS OF CITY HOME ON TREPOFF, WHO 3IADE FAMOUS SPEECH, RESIGNS. MRS. IiATTRA WHITMAR, 54. VIC STRESS PLACED ON FINANCIAL TIM OF ORATE ACCIDENT. PROBLEMS IN LEGISLATURE. THAW INDICTED WON BEG NS HEARINGS ECONOMY Youth Tells of Severe Beating With Whip. BODYGUARD IS ALSO ACCUSED Strange Interest Manifested in Young Man of 19. PARENTS HAD OBJECTED Testimony In Murder Trial Tliut Thaw Had "Whipped Young Girls V Recalled by New Incident. , Warrant Is Issued. "?TEW YORK Jan. 9. Harry K. Thaw, who was legally released 15 months ago from an asylum for the Insane, where he was sent after he had hilled Stanford White, was today In dicted here chargea with kidnaping Fred Gump, Jr., of Kansas City, a youth of 19 years, and assaulting him with a whip. With him was indicted on the kid naping charge a man described as George K. O'Byrnes and supposed to have been employed by Thaw as a bodyguard. Word was received that O'Byrnes had been arrested in Philadel phla. and detectives were looking for Thaw there tonight. Boy Beaten With Two Whips. The complaint was placed against Thaw with District Attorney Swann by Frank P. Walsh, former chairman of the United States Relations Commis sion, appearing now as Gump's coun sel. It alleges Thaw enticed the youth to his rooms at a hotel here Christmas night and there beat him with two whips three different times until he bled and became almost unconscious. Testimony describing the' whipping of young girls by Thaw made up some of the most sensational chapters In the numerous -court actions on the ques tion of Thaw's sanity after his ac quittal of the murder of White on the grounds of insanity and his commit ment to the Matteawan State Honnit.il I for the Criminal Insane. Alienists for the state testified whipping was a I mania witn roaw. Thaw Meets Youth In 115. After several years' liti-tlon . ....... i i j a i . . . I ul uuuui cu mous&na aoi- lars to New York state n t and In which bitter partisanship was . " wnemer ne was justly or unjustly kept in Matteawan, he was declared sane by a Jury in habeas corpus proceedings in the Utter Dart of 1915 and released bv a , order. According to the information laid be- fore the District Court, ::ourt, it was toward I the end of 1915 Jhat Thaw first met and became Interested in Gump. He had gone to California after his release here to attend the Panama-Pacific Ex position at San Francisco and later went to the southern part of the state, spending some time at Long Beach, Cal.. where he met Gump at an Ice cream parlor. Parents Enter OMnira. I Gump's mother and his father. Fred Gump, who is said to be a manufac- turer of leather trunks in Kansas nit- were with the boy at Long Beach and made objection to their son's - ouaintanceshin with Thaw, the rl.rw Attorney was informer! nntin "sharing popular opinion that he had been vindicated. tinueTtc TreLr cording to Mr. Walsh. These letters- Mr. Walsh said, warned the boy not to Bhow them to anyone, but he let his mother read them and she answered for him. The exchange of letters con tinued through 1916, Thaw expressing a great interest in the boy's future and a wish to pay for his education abroad. Although proffers of money by Thaw were refused, the boy at last came on to New Tork and went to Thaw's hotel, where it is alleged the assault took place. Thaw's Career Sensational, Thaw, who is a member of a wealthy Pittsburtr familv. shot nnrl ltllleri Stan ford White, a noted architect, in the miasi oi a crowd at Madison Square roof garden in June. 1906. He was in cited to act, he said, by the confession of his wife, Evelyn Nesbit, a chorus girl, made to him of her treatment by White previous to her marriage to Thaw. Two trials for murder followed, the second of which resulted in the ac quittal of Thaw on the ground of in sanity. After his commitment to the asylum he began a series of attempts to obtain his liberty through habeas corpus proceedings, in which he sought to have hlmfajlf declared sane. Fail ing in this, he escaped from the asylum and fled to Canada, but was finally brought back, to be released later. AILEGED BODYGUARD CAUGHT Man Arrested in Philadelphia. Denies He Is O'Byrnes. PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 9. Charged with aiding and abetting Harry K Thaw in an alleged assault on Fred Gump. Jr., in New York and with at tempted kidnaping, a man said to be . George F. O'Byrnes and described as Thaw's bodyguard was arrested at (Concluded on Ptt S, Column 1.) Much Disscnsic -. Among Members of Duma Has Marked Incum bencyDemonstrations Serious. LONDON. Jan. 10. The Russian Pre mier, Alexander Trepoff, has resigned. According to the Reuter correspond ent at Petrograd, both Premier Trepoff and Count Ignatieff. Minister of Pub lic Instruction, have resigned. Prince Golitzlne. a Senator and mem ber of the Council of the Empire, has been appointed Premier. Senator Kultchltsky has been ap pointed a member of the Council of the Empire. Alexander Feodorovich Trepoff suc ceeded Boris V. Sturmer to the Pre miership in November, 1916, his ap pointment being regarded as a victory for public opinion against so-called "unjuet influences." Soon after taking office Premier Trepoff made his famous speech in the Duma in which he de clared that the entente allies had agreed to the Russian claim to Con stantinople and the straits. The existence of this agreement had been for a long time alleged, but never before had it been thus publicly and formally admlttd. During Premier Trepoff's incumbency there has been much dissension among the members of the Duma, and the b- structlonist movement of some of the members was marked by somewhat serious demonstrations. BROTHER KILLED AT PLAY 13-Year-Old Says He Did Not Know Rifle in. Home Was loaded. Tjmsm Idaho. Jan. 9. "I didn't know it was loaded." sobbed 13-year- old Frank Hewitt, of Hailey, tonight when he rushed into a neighbor's house and told how he had Just snot ana killed his brother. John Henry uewm, acred 15. The boys bad Just returned irom -.hmi on.) vura eroinsr to ligrn. uw kitchen fire. Frank found the gun a 30-30 rifle, standing beside the door, and pulled the trigger in play. a no bullet entered hie brother's heart. Two younger brothers -were present at the shooting. BUFFALO BILL SLEEPING Vitality of Noted Plainsman Amazes His Physicians, ticwvv.T! Jan. 9. The remarkable vitaHtv shown by Colonel William F. Cody ("Buffalo Bill"), said by his phy- .m... to be dying tonignt, wan source of amazement to hie medical at- tendant and members of the family at tVi. herlslde. . T irr wrio has According to Dr. J. H. East, who lias been in constant attendance, tne noiec .t mined strength during the day, - . was weak although the heart ; c"n nd d'&estive functions ha d e eaet Early tonight it was id he had been sleeping quiew, . DCft I PR CWAPC' QUIT FILED ' Woman Wants City to Pay for Fall on Defective Sidewalk. A claim for 500 damages was filed with City Auditor namur jwictuu against members of the City Council bv LoUisa Wansbrough for medical at tentlon and for recompense for pain -- men.ts.1 ansrulsh suffered by her when she fell on a defective sidewalk November 1 and broke her artificial I lea-. She says the leg was broken so badly it could not be repaired and that she suffered other injuries. The accident, she asserts, occurred I n-n Gantenbein avenue near .ttusaeu I street. DIPLOMATS DINED I Central Powers and Neutrals to Be W ilson's Guests Later. WASHINGTON, Jan. 9. The first of the season's diplomatic dinners was given tonight at the White House. The entente diplomats and all the neutrals were invited, and at another dinner Jan uary 16 the central power diplomats and the neutrals will be entertained. The two dinners take the place of the usual diplomatic reception which has been abandoned since the war began. FEUDISTS SHOT AT DANCE One Killed and Two Are Wounded in Battle in Idaho. IDAHO FALLS, Idaho, Jan. 9. One man Is reported killed and two wounded) in a fight at a dance at the village of Bernice, 60 miles west of here in the Lost River Mountains. It was the result of an old feud betwieen factions. Three men of one side ane said to have attacked a rancher named Wallace who shot and killed one, shot a second and seriously injured the third with a knife. GERMAN STEEL INCREASES Output Is Greater Than Ever Be fore, Despite War. WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. Despite the war Germany is producing more steel than ever before, according to reports to the Department of Commerce. A production of 1,423,635 tons in Oc tober established a new record. For the ten months ending in October the output was 13,365,418 tons. Committee Plans to Report Adversely. DEMOCRATS FEEL WEARINESS Financier Promises Names if Inquiry Is General. MEN HIGH UP ACCUSED Bernard Barnch, Contributor to Democratic Fund, Denies He Acted on TipContempt Pro ceedings May Be Dropped. WASHINGTON. Jan. 9. Although Thomas W. Lawson promised today to disclose "names and amounts" lnvolv ing men high In official life If Congress ordered an Inquiry into the' alleged leak in advance of President Wilson's peace note, there were indications tonight that the House rules committee w about to drop its hearings on the Wood resolution for such an investigation and return the resolution to the House with an adverse report. Democratic members of the commit tee freely expressed their weariness over the proceedings of the past few days, and their conviction not only that nothing to warrant further in quiry had been brought out so far, but that Mr. Lawson knew nothing to sup port his sweeping charges. Lawson Continues Defiant. Mr. Lawson continued today to defy the committee, refusing over and over again to give .the names of the men he said he had been told profited by the "leak," after suggesting that he could name an official higher up than any yet mentioned. Four motions to cite him before the bar of the House for contempt pend ing when he . left the witness stand early in the day were considered by the committee in executive session. No decision was reached, but some of the members indicated later that Mr. Law son probably would not be recalled, and that if it was determined to re port the Wood resolution unfavorably, the contempt charges would be forgot ten. In the meantime the financier re mains in Washington, subject to the committee's orders. Hearing; to Continue Today. The hearing will continue throughout tomorrow, at least, to give several of the men mentioned in the various re ports and rumors related before the committee an opportunity to make statements. In the course of today's elimination Mr. Lawson frankly atniltted he was not particularly concerned with the so called "leak" itself, but that his pur pose in agitating the subject primarily was to bring about a thorough investi gation of the New Tork Stock Ex change that would lead to Incorpora tion and Federal regulation. Bernard Baruch, of New Tork, who (Concluded on Pace 2, Column 9.) ! LAWSON'S LITTLE CIRCUS. I V f J ' . ( DOIHT VOU t fSHHH J SHHH-SHHH I t . Shhh f ( M want t: I fcfflfr, Vast J OF'XS(R?J VMmma? mj -Tl 1. . 1. . 1. ................. ......... 1..1T11T1---- - - Bullet From Rifle Pierces Breast. Injured Woman Is Taken to Hospital for Treatment. Mrs. Laura Whitmer, 84. was acci dentally shot through the abdomen last night by a. rifle in the hands of her son. J. H. Whitmer. 19. Mrs. Whit mer is in a serious condition at the Good Samaritan Hospital, whither she was taken by the Ambulance Service Company. The shooting occurred at the Whit mer home on the Taylor's Feerry road, near the city limits. The son was han dling his uncle's rifle, which the latter had Just brought back from a hunting trip near South Bend. Wash. The boy thought the rifle was unloaded, but was pumping the magazine to eject any possible cartridges that might be in the weapon. Young Whitmer says he ac cidentally cocked the rifle, and as he asked his uncle how to lower the ham mer without nulling the trigger, the rifle was discharged. Mrs. Whitmer was seated, reading paper, when she was shot. The bullet. of .22 caliber, entered her body be tween the sixth and seventh ribs to the right of the sternum. Deputy Sheriffs Beckman and Har din Investigated the accident and ex onerated young Whitmer of blame. The boy accompanied his mother to the hos pital. Dr. J. H. Hickman attended her. OFFICER FOR 26 YEARS OUT Bandon's Only City Treasurer Re signs From His Seat. BANDON, Or.. Jan. 9. (Special.) With the record of having been the only man to hold the office of City Treasurer of this city, C. T. Lowe, a pioneer of the Coquille Valley, last week tendered his resignation to Mayor George P. Topping, after 26 years' service. W. J. sweet has been ap pointed to fill the vacancy. Mr. Lowe first' accepted the position of Treasurer when Bandon was incor porated as a city, February 18. 1S91, He has served under eight Mayors and has seen the population grow from 400 to more than 3000. BERLIN TO RESUME RACING Larger Number of Horses Than Be fore Will Appear. - BERLIN, Jan. 8, via London, Jan. 9. The authorities have announced their sanction of the 1917 racing pro gramme for Berlin, comprising 74 days at five tracks, A larger number of horses than be fore will appear during the third war season, it is expected, because the daily programme has been increased to eight Instead of seven races. ENFORCED VOTE PROPOSED Fine Suggested for Non-Partlclpa-tion in Presidential Election! WASHINGTON, Jan. 9. An amend ment to the Owen corrupt practices bill, providing that every qualified voter who falls to vote in a Federal election, except because of sickness, shall be subject to a fine of 125, was Introduced today in the Senate. Senator Works offered the amendment. Officers Sworn In Be- fore Big Crowd. MEN GET NO APPOINTMENTS Mayor Ignores 2 Councilmen in Naming Committees. MARSHAL'S OFFICE GOES In Message Mrs. Sturdier Says Town Has No Need for Police and Ex presses Confidence in 'Petti coat Government So Called. UMATILLA. Or.. Jan. 9. (Special.) The City Hall at Umatilla, which is an old landmark, built in the '60s, was crowded tonight when the women elected as city officials last December took the oath of office. The new officials are: Mrs. Laura J. Starcher. Mayor; Mrs. Bertha Cher ry, Recorder; Mrs. Lola Merrick, Treas urer, and Mrs. Stella Paulu, Mrs. Gladys Spinning. Mrs. Anna Means and Mrs. Chauncey Brownell, Council- women. As soon as the old Council had cleared the slate, the new Mayor im mediately took charge. After appoint ing her various committees she an nounced that in compliance with the charter requirements she had filed a short statement to the Council calling their attention to a few of the things needing their Immediate attention and action. New Mayor Confident. Her message was short and to the point and closed with the following comment: "There has been a great deal said about the so-called petticoat govern ment and many wild speculations made as to how we would manage the city affairs, being 'mere -women.' However, we will manage the affairs of this municipality in a creditable manner without a shadow of a doubt, and if I did not believe that any woman on this Council was not as competent and capable as any man who ever occupied a chair in this Council I would resign right now. "It is a long way from (he early steamboat days, when Umatilla was the distributing point for all inland towns of Eastern Oregon, and the days of wild Indians and cowboys to the so-called 'petticoat' government, but we are here, ladles, nevertheless, so let us all pull together for the im provement of what is left of the once famous old city." It was generally supposed Mrs. aiarcner wouia appoint a woman as city marshal, but she declined to ap point a marshal at all on the ground that none was needed, and the salary paid was unnecessary expense. She called attention to the fact that there was a deputy sheriff on the streets (Concluded on Pace 2, Column 2.) Mr. Withycombe Appears Before Big Audience and Mr. Moser Says Senate Will Heed. STATE CAPITOL, Salem. Or., Jan. 9. (Special.) With the aisles, lobbies and seats of the House of Representa tives packed by a throng that stretched back into the Capitol corridors. Ore- gonians from many parts of the state were here today to listen to Governor Withycombe deliver his message to the 29th Legislative Assembly and the sec ond message of his administration. Covering comprehensively, but con cisely the mafh state issues which con front the Legislature, he consumed practically 40 minutes of the time of this afternoon's session, departed after a brief hand-shaking with state officials and officials of the two houses, as sembled in Joint session, and left to allow the assembly to continue its rapidly mounting grist of business. The Executive deplored the tendency toward decentralization of power which has been developing In the state and legislative cognizance of an evil which be believes may lead to harmful re sults; he outlined budget reductions which couhi perfect a saving of $461,000 on the estimates proposed by the various state activities and also sug gested ways ana mean lor """'M me revenues oi me nbio uu Increase of S131.000 annually by slight ly Increased fees in various depart ments. Governor Withycombe was escorted to the Hall of Representatives by committee composed of Senator Olson and Representatives C. C Clark and Allen Eaton. State officers, including members of the Suprenve Court, were escorted to the chamber by Senators Rltner. Gill and Wood. . Every department of the state admin istration was representtid when the Governor, amid applause, rose to read his message. At the conclusion of the reading President Moser of the Senate spoke briefly in words of congratulation upon he suggestions Incorporated in the message, and assured the executive that he was confident the Legislative As sembly would recognize the value of and act upon the suggestions and rec ommendations made. ALBANY OFFICE SWAMPED Oats by Parcel Pot "Will Require . Seven Days to Iove. , ALBANT, Or.. Jan. (Special.) It will take seven days to send out some parcel post mail placed in the Al bany postofflce yesterday, for the mall consists of 1350 pounds of oats con- tained in 27 sacks, and. as only 200 pounds dally can be shipped to one address, the mall is being sent out In Installments. The oats is a special kind for use as seed and was shipped by an Albany seed dealer to a farmer at Marial, in Curry County. The pontage was 54 cents on each sack, or SI. 58. INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS The Weather. YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature; 49 decrees; minimum. o aerfreea . TODAl'S Partly cloudy; wlntOs mostly soumeny. f.es;ifiUktiires. Economy Is central theme of Governor"! mts&age. Pace 1. Standing House committees named. Paia . Lister vetoes sent to Legislature. Page 13. Bills Introduced providing for lond Issues to matcn t ederal road grant. Page 6. Text of uovernor Wltnycombers message page 7. Senate saves S14O0 en own alertc Eire. Page 1. Idaho exoeutlve asks for Increased power. Page &. Merger of state boards before legislature. Page s. War. British troops surprised by Genraan aon-r- sistanee on raid. Page 4. Russo-Rouraanlan seventh line Is - turned. Page 4. Russian Premier resigns. Page 1. Foreign. German editor defends American munitions trade. Page 3. Canadian may be man to settle Rrlsh prob lem. Page J. National. Lawson promises names, but hearing may be dropped. page 1. Argument on Adamson law continued. Paga 4. Senate votes to make capital dry. Page 2. President reiterates views on supTfrage to 300 women callers. Page 4. Bernard Baruch says he aold stocks when Lloyd George said "but." Paca 8. Callforata shipbuilders decline ccoatract for submarines, page 2. House passes vocational education bill. Page &. Domestic. Harry K. Thaw Indicted for kldnaiplng and whipping boy oi iv. rc x. Bopp prosecutor la closely guarded. Page 8. Sport. Manager Merrill evolves plan to Insure hard mixing at next boxing snow. FVige 14. Portland hockey team loses to Vancouver, B to 1 page it. Portland basketball teams making rehedulea page x. Pacific Northwest. Oregon City to fight plan to change Pacific Highway, page u. Umatilla women take over city administra tion. Page 1. Commercial and Marine. High wheat prices bring out offerings from country aeaiera. rage av. Sales lor profits turn wheat downward at Chicago. Page lu. Metals are strongest features -of stock mar ket. Page l. Board of Pilot Commissioners fawors re duction oi license bonds. Paare la. Portland and Vicinity. Aged Slletx Indian makea clean breast of guilt in liquor case. Page IS. Mass meeting of strikers held to dlaouas nt- collations, page is. ParentTccbr Asaoclatlon prejkarea low- priced food menu, page u. National banks bold annual meetings. Page 11. Wlllbridge citizens protest Lintiton fran- AhlaA Pap U Wealthy acton of Russian house" Jailed for mashing, page s. Investigation of Baby Home ordered as re sult of Internal alssenslon. Pag-e 8. Mrs. Laura Whitmer accidentally shot by son. Page 1. Weather report, data and forecast. Page 19. Seven Clerks, $1400, Quickly Eliminated. GALLERY INSPIRES ORATORS Committee Takes Testimony on Employes Needed. SOME WOULD CUT MORE Dlmick's View That Force Should Not Be So Small as to Cripple . Committees Is Finally Vpheld After Much Discussion. STATE CAPITOL. Salem. Or.. Jan. 9. (Special.) The Senate began a pro- gramme of legislative retrenchment to- day by lopping off seven committee clerks and a sum total for the session in that item alone of $1400 in cierk hire. The vote for this economv wai 19 to 9. There being the first large gallery of the session present, some of the Senators fervently declared for still more economy. It was the first real opportunity for eloquence that has been presented, and they made the most of it. Committee Increases Forrr. Senator Garland had presented a resolution yesterday, providing that the committees on enrolled and en grossed bills should each have one chief clerk and two assistant clerks, both of whom should be typists. The resolutions committee, of which Senator Dimlck. of Clackamas. a staunch advocate of economy. Is chair man, reported back a substitute reso lution, allowing each of these commit tees one chief clerk and four assist- ants-three of whom must be typlsls- ADout me time this substitute was reported to the Senate, the gallery be- I gan io nil. xnereupon tbe oratory be- I Three Clerks Fnonga, He Says. Senator Garland, speaking for his original resolution, declared that "econ omy should begin at home" and in- for each of the commltteeB How will we go upstairs and down stairs, eliminating and cutting off com missions, if we don't economize -under our own noses?" he inquired. Hear of Crippling; Expressed. Dimick. whose economical tendencies in matters of legislation are axiomatic in the Senate, came right back with a warm defense of the substitute measure as allowing only enough clerks to pre vent the committees on enrolled bills and engrossed bills from being crippled in their work. He explained that the number of clerks was increased from the total of three for each committee as provided- in the Garland resolution, to five each in the substitute resolution, only after the chairmen of each committee, the chief clerks and the chief clerks at the last session had been summoned to give testimony as to the least number of clerks they could get along with. S14O0 Saved on One Item. "On these two committees at the last session. Dimlck pointed out, "there were 17 clerks. We are providing for only ten. and in that cut alone we have saved the state of Oregon $1400 in clerk hire. "We took the position, and still take It. that the resolution as originally in troduced by Senator Garland did not adequately provide for these commit tees. "I submit to this body if it isn't a pretty good showing in beginning economy at home when we save a cool 31400 on this one Item at the very beginning of the session. "That is all that can be done and not Impair the efficiency of these com mittees." Cat Considered Sufficient. I. S. Smith, of Coos: Huston of Mult nomah. Pierce of Union. Vinton of Yam hill, all had something to say on one side or the other of the question. Eddy of Douglas declared the full number of clerks allowed in the sub stitute was not necessary at this time. whereat, by unanimous consent, Dim lck amended the resolution to provide that "such four assistant clerks be employed by said committees only when necessary." The Senate upheld Dimick's view that a fine showing in economy had been made by lopping off seven clerks and S1400, and that real economy would best be served by providing enough clerks to maintain the efficiency of the committees. Homesteader Gets Place. When the Senate authorized the ap pointment of a bill clerk at S3 a day, on recommendation of the resolutions committee. President Moser appointed Mrs. Frances H. Whitehead to the po sition. Mrs. Whitehead, a homesteader in Christmas Lake Valley, in the sage brush country, 115 miles from Bend, came all the way from there to apply for the position. Twenty-two Sena tors signed the application for her ap pointment. Just before the close of the after noon session Senator Wood introduced iJnt memorial petitioning the adop tlon by Congress of a volunteer retired list bill, now before it. This bill au thorizes full retired pay to certain sur viving officers of the Mexican, Civil War and Indian wars.